Uripok Sorbon Thingel Apunba Nupi Lup has demanded justice for 23-year-old student Ahanthem Ritish Kumar who was allegedly shot by one Takhellambam Dipu at a residence located at Uripok Khoisnam Leikai on Friday night.
Demanding justice, Uripok Sorbon Thingel Apunba Nupi Lup on Monday staged a one-day sit-in protest under the banner which read, ‘Sit-in-protest against the brutal life attempt to Ahanthem Ritish Kumar’ at Sorbon Thingel Road. The protest was organised by CDS and Apunba Nupi Lup Sorbon Thingel.
Publicity of the women’s group Tourangbam ongbi Mangal Leima told the media that Ritish was called out from his Uripok Sorbon Thingel residence around 9.30 pm on Friday by one Thokchom Yaikhomba, 25, son of Th Chitaranjan of Uripok Koisnam Leikai.
Ritish was shot later allegedly by one Takhellambam Dipu, 27, son of late T Bijoy of Uripok Polem Leikai at the residence of Yaikhomba. She added that after he was shot the family members of Yaikhomba let Dipu escape from the spot and Ritish was reportedly left unattended.
Guns are not toys; the state government and authority concerned should give necessary punishment to the culprits involved during the incident, she added.
Yaikhomba was arrested on Saturday by a team of Manipur Police while Dipu was arrested on Sunday. Later they were remanded for 10-day police custody after both the accused were produced before Duty Magistrate on Sunday for further interrogation.
However, it is yet to be confirmed whether the gun used in committing the crime was seized or not.
Protestors staged demonstrations with placards which read, ‘book all the accused involved in the crime’, ‘Guns for braves not for timids’ and others.
In an earlier incident, a total of nine persons were arrested including former BJYM president and present vice president of BJYM Manipur Pradesh for allegedly shooting towards a mob and injuring five persons.
After thousands of arms and ammunition were looted from state forces at the outbreak of the crisis, similar incidents have been reportedly occurring sporadically. State police are also continuously recovering and seizing arms and ammunition at various parts of the state including in the fringe areas.